Guatemalan Boy Missing in the Desert, as His Mother Clings To Hope

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Nelson Omar is the child in the center, wearing the Spider Man T-shirt...

New American Media recently published a heartbreaking story by reporter Valeria Fernandez about a young Guatemalan boy who may have been left behind in the desert by smugglers, and who is now feared dead.

Thirteen-old Nelson Omar last spoke with his mother, Phoenix resident Fermina Lopez, two months ago before he was set to cross into the U.S. He told her his group would be going through Sonoita, Arizona.

But the next call Lopez received was from the group's guide, who told Nelson's mother the boy had been left behind with an older woman who couldn't walk. The coyote told Lopez the boy didn't want to leave the woman to die.

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A photo of a younger Nelson Omar. The boy is now thirteen.

Whether the coyote's tale is true or not, Nelson is missing, and there is a decomposed body of a young boy at the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office that could be him.

The coroner needs photos of the boy smiling to make an I.D., so examiners can see the child's teeth.

Sadly, Fernandez writes that, "In the pictures Lopez has of her son, he is not smiling."

A DNA test could be done to determine whether or not the child is Nelson, but that could cost as much as $1,000.

Lydia Guzman, president of the civil rights coalition Somos America, is raising funds to pay for the DNA test. Lopez told Fernandez that she believes her son is still alive. The DNA test would at least confirm whether or not she can keep hoping that Nelson is among the living.

Those interested in contributing should call Guzman's other organization Respect/Respeto at 1-877-977-8869. Please also read Fernandez's entire article, here, for more details.

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Blakeab
Blakeab

The truth will come out. If it's true what the coyote said, then this young man was a HERO!!!I can imagine the conversation between everyone involved in the desert, "We just can't leave her here". said someone. "I can't walk anymore," said the crippled woman. "I will stay, and maybe she will be better tomorrow," said Nelson. I can imagine the coyote saying "Your kindness may kill you boy!" .."Leave her, she's gone." Maybe Nelson said "Yes, I may die because of my kindness, but she will die because of your greed, you lied to us about the journey, and I know I will never forgive myself if I leave this woman here, I'm crossing the desert for a woman, my mother, and I know I could never look her in the face without seeing this woman we left behind."

Never underestimate the courage and conviction of a thirteen year old. Yes, he and his mother may have been naive about the desert, and yes coyotes are human traffickers at best, and heartless murdering phycos at worst. But the fact may just be that Nelson was a brave kid with no future, and he missed his mom. And mom Fermina Lopez, has been listening to Nelson talk about making the trek for a couple years now, and she has been comforting him by saying some day when your older son. All the while she was most likely using her wages to feed, cloth, and maybe school her son back in Guatemala.

Nelson made a journey of more than two thousand miles to be with mom, and mom most likely saved thousands of dollars so she could pay for his journey. The power of love makes us do some crazy things, but the power of money makes us do even more crazy things. How many American parents see their kids only minutes each day because of carriers and money? How many of us see our coworkers more then our children? Let's not pass judgment on Fermina Lopez. Her intentions may have been selfish, but to love and to enjoy being loved, is selfish.

I'm really saddened by this whole mess, poverty, immigration reform, the destruction of our beautiful deserts, lying thieving human smugglers praying on impoverished peoples. Maybe nelson and the injured woman became freinds on the journy and passed away together on the last few miles of the journy. Or, mabe the cyotees raped and injured this woman (happens all the time) and Nelson was .... I don't know.

Whatever the case, Nelson Omar was a brave and amazing kid.All I know is, I care enough to write this message on my day off. I TRULY hope for a wonderful outcome. I hope Fermina Lopez, will find Nelson. I would give you the $1000. if I had it, but I'm in a very bad place right now financially. I hope everyone involved nothing but the best, and I will be checking out new details of this story often.

Blakeab Kansas City, Missouri

Lydia
Lydia

This case still haunts me. When the mom was first telling me about her son's determination to come to the US. She did beg and plead with him not to come, but 4 years not being able to be feel his moms hugs. The mother said to me that Nelson would say during their phone conversations, "its ok if there's no place for me to sleep. I don't mind sleeping on the floor next to your bed. I just wanna hold your hand and touch your hear, mommy."

We still don't have enough money to make the DNA. What's sad is that the mom calls me from time to time to know if I have collected enough and the other day we just cried on the phone together.

I've received alot of cases of missing persons. Some have happy endings while others unfortunately do not. This case has torn a whole right through my heart. I can only imagine what this poor boy's last thoughts were.. I hope he was wishing that he'd soon would be able to be with his mother, even if he just sent his love from heaven above.

For all of those that are posting hateful comments: I wish you the pain and suffering this boy and his mother endured.

Larry
Larry

my prayers go out to the mother and family of this young boy.

YouSuck
YouSuck

You people making your snide little comments are so typical of the unfeeling pieces of sh*t all across America. Instead of showing concern for the boy, you show hatred toward the mother. You anonymous cowards aren't worth the oxygen it takes to keep you alive. I can't wait until the Latinos take over and you get what you have coming to you.

Crow
Crow

So we've got one asshole posting 4 comments.

Next time try to change your writing style so it wont be so obvious.

Hate makes you stupid.

YouStillSuck
YouStillSuck

Wow Crow, you couldn't be more wrong if you practiced. Congratulations on defending the assholes that could give a rat's ass about the fate of a little boy. Why the hell would anyone make 3 posts being an asshole and then 1 post putting them down? If I'm angry, I have every reason in the world to be, and if you cared at all about that little boy, you would be angry, too.~Apparently hate isn't the ONLY thing that makes you stupid.

chicagonut
chicagonut

Good Lord, what kind of mother would allow her 13 year old son to cross in a burning desert with an unscrupulous coyote in violation of our immigration laws? Of course, the U.S. will be blamed for his death if indeed he did die out there rather than his mother who is really at fault. She is probably living illegally here herself.

StopThisMadness
StopThisMadness

Since your paper is so into promoting this illegal alien invasion into Arizona and the rest of the Country, WHY DOESN'T YOUR PAPER PAY FOR THE TEST? I agree with StopChildAbuse...this woman, knowingly, sent her boy into harms way. She knew fully well what she was doing was illegal. No one wants someone to lose a child, but this woman made a bad and illegal decision. The US is NOT responsible for the persons of the World who want to "make a better life." Why wouldn't you be more responsible and promote the foreign (to you) idea of doing it the right way?

Crow
Crow

You agree with your sock pupput. I'm not surprised. Do you really feel invaded? Who has invaded you? 30 years ago Arizona was filled with Mexicans and they built this State. Both Spanish and English were spoken and no one cared. Who invaded who again?

StopChildAbuse
StopChildAbuse

What they need to be doing is prosecuting the boys mother for child abuse and endagerment and sticking her ass in prison for allowing this to happen to this young boy. Free DNA test when the State decided to prosecute her for these crimes against children.

Stop giving these damn illegals sympythy to the effect that you totally dismiss their criminal actions in human smuggling, and child endagerment. Certainly everyone understands the humanity involved, and the desire to come to America. However, this mother, and many like her, should be prosecuted for the felony crimes for which they have commited against children and our country.

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